Louisiana Folk Artist LbNA # 39110
|Placed Date||Apr 20 2008|
|Found By||Louisiana Songbird|
|Last Update||Apr 6 2013|
Louisiana Folk Artist
Clementine Hunter, an African-American folk artist, lived and worked at Melrose Plantation near Natchitoches, LA. She is known for her simple depictions of plantation life.
Her artistic career started with her obtaining discarded paint tubes from another artist. Mrs. Hunter began interpreting plantation scenes onto any material she could find to paint on. A good many of her work can be found if one tours the Melrose Plantation. Notable is the murals she painted which hang in the “African House” on the grounds of Melrose Plantation.
Clementine Hunter was placed at rest in 1988 at over a hundred years old. Her final resting spot can be found at St. Augustine Cemetery.
To the cemetery: From Highway 1 heading south take a left on 493 and then a right on 484. This will bring you to St. Augustine Catholic Church. The cemetery is behind the church.
Go around the right side of the church. At the back of the building, turn left and follow the path along the back of the church. Soon you will see seven crepe myrtles in a row. The box is in the middle of the 5th crepe myrtle near the mausoleum.
Please re-hide carefully and as good as or better than you found it, and as always watch out for poison ivy, snakes and other critters.